Medical Surgical

CMSRN: Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification

Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB)


East Holly Avenue Box 56

Pitman, NJ 08071-0056

866.877.2676 (Voice – Toll Free)

856.589.7463 (Fax)



To become certified, candidates must meet all eligibility criteria at the time they complete the application, submit all fees, and successfully pass the certification examination. No person shall be excluded from the opportunity to participate in the MSNCB certification program on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, affiliation, or disability. To be eligible to participate in the examination, candidates must meet the following requirements:


  • Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States or its territories, or Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license as a first-level nurse in the country in which one’s nursing education was completed, and meet the eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States in accordance with the requirements of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
  • Have practiced a minimum of two (2) calendar years as a registered nurse (RN) in an adult medical-surgical setting.
  • Have accrued a minimum of 2,000 hours of practice within the past three (3) years of practice in an adult medical-surgical setting.

Any exception to these criteria will be handled on a case by case basis according to the Appeals Policy.    

NOTE: MSNCB does not reschedule P&P Exams


$255.00 – AMSN Members$375.00 – Regular.A one-time retake fee for persons who took the exam and did not pass is $180.00 for AMSN Members and $300 for Regular.
Exam Format Exam Date Registration   Registration

Begins               Ends

Paper & Pencil(P&P)

Only available through pre-arranged special site locations


Computer-Based (CBT)


Nationwide sites: held year round





5 years from the date of passing exam.
To fill out the application, click HERE.
Once you have received your CBT Exam Permit, you may schedule your exam by clicking by clicking HERE. For more information about the benefits of taking the Computer-Based Test (CBT), click HERE. EXPLANATION OF SCORES: Med-Surg Explanation of Scores